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Our lemonade experience: the Charles family’s story

When he grows up, Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer John Charles wants to be a pro athlete. (His favorite athlete? Damian Lillard, of course). He enjoys being outside, hiking and spending time with his dog, Teagan. Though you wouldn’t guess it by looking at him, John was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease last year. Below, John’s parents, Tony and Mary Charles, explain how John’s journey has impacted their family. *** When your 9-year-old child becomes progressively ill, is not … Read More

Summertime food tips

For many children, summer break means lazy mornings and afternoon swims. But for others, summer brings grumbling bellies and the pain of hunger. It’s estimated that 15 percent of Oregon families are food insecure. In the U.S., it’s estimated that 16 million children do not have enough to eat each day, skip meals, eat watered-down food or go hungry. Summertime brings an added challenge for parents because many school-aged children no longer have access to free- or reduced-price breakfast and lunch, and money … Read More

The vaccine every teenager needs

Odds are, you or someone you know has been infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV. It’s the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the US, infecting more than 79 million Americans. More than 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. HPV is also responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer diagnoses, and can also be responsible for throat, penile and rectal cancer. The good news is there’s a vaccine that … Read More

Great Glasses Play Day 2015

Having a child with eye conditions that requires wearing glasses, contact lenses, or eye patches can be challenging and isolating for parents and kids alike. The Great Glasses Play Day, held locally on Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute, is an international event designed to bring a sense of normalcy (and a lot of fun) to the lives of kids who wear glasses or eye patches. The … Read More

About the man who put kids’ health on the national research agenda

Healthcare practice and medical science are dominated by the diseases many of us may acquire at some point in our lives. Not surprisingly, many of the diseases that affect children get short shrift and the underlying science often lacks adequate funding. Seldom do we escape this pseudo logic whereby rare disease research provides a poor return on investment – in other words, few cases equals low impact. On March 9, David Frohnmayer passed away. Dave … Read More

Doernbecher offers free flu vaccine to its patients’ parents, close family contacts

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is offering free flu shots to the parents and close family contacts of its established patients. The “Free Vaccine for Parents Cocooning Project” is intended to protect OHSU Doernbecher’s youngest and most vulnerable patients. Babies younger than 6 months, for example, cannot receive the flu vaccine.The next best means of protection is to “cocoon” the infants, or insulate them from infection, by immunizing their family members. Providing free vaccine to pediatric … Read More

Behind the illustration with Maryanna Hoggatt (and Simon)

When I was approached to participate in the Amazing Storybook project for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and their creative agency, Sockeye, I was thrilled. It was an opportunity to work for a well-respected children’s hospital, and as part of a campaign developed by Sockeye, the theme of the illustration closely aligned with something I identify with in my own work: encouraging children to be brave and face their fears. Adapting my creative style to this storybook illustration … Read More

‘Doernbecher is the place where the good guys help defeat the bad guys’

I was asked to be a part of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’s Amazing Storybook campaign, along with five other illustrators, by the Portland creative agency Sockeye. They developed a children’s picture book concept and language to help tell Doernbecher’s story. It seems like such an obvious fit for a children’s hospital, but you have to acknowledge that there are a million ways of telling a story — with charts and graphs and photographs — and I have total respect … Read More

Weight management most effective way to prevent type 2 diabetes in kids

The most common type of diabetes seen in children used to be type 1 diabetes, also known as ”juvenile diabetes,” a condition caused by autoimmune reaction that leads to destruction of insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. But since the mid-1990’s, we have noticed a new pattern emerging – more children and adolescents are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a condition that used to be the disease of adults only. Type 2 diabetes … Read More

Child abuse prevention: Be a force for good in a child’s life

Research on the subject of child abuse and neglect is more robust than ever. In 1974, the first federal legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, was enacted. That year, three articles on child abuse and neglect were published in medical journals. In 2013, nearly 40 years later, more than 300 articles on the topic appeared in peer-reviewed journals. Scientists are unravelling the undesirable effects of “toxic” stress on early brain development. Long-term health outcomes associated … Read More

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